The Richard Mille Racing Team just launched its second-ever racing campaign in Belgium at the storied Spa-Francorchamps circuit. With its all-female trio of Beitske Visser, Sophia Flörsch and Tatiana Calderón, the team sponsored by the eponymous watch brand is sure to garner plenty of attention in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in LMP2.
As the Richard Mille Racing Team well knows, and all Endurance fans can confirm following the postponement of the 1,000 Miles of Sebring, patience is a virtue. The 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship just started on 26 April at Spa-Francorchamps.
To celebrate the team’s first appearance, Richard Mille just introduced the RM 07-01 Racing Red, a limited edition of just 50 watches.
This sporty version of the emblematic RM 07-01 features the signature red of ‘Roxy’, the Oreca-Gibson #1 car crewed by Beitske Visser, Sophia Flörsch and Tatiana Calderón, with all the much-vaunted attributes of the famous classic. Among them is the in-house Calibre CRMA2, an automatic skeletonised movement. The major innovation for this new collection is its fiery red case made of Carbon TPT® and Quartz TPT®. Carbon TPT® is used on the case band and dial, which is enhanced with Quartz TPT®, uniting these two materials, both made for competition and critical to withstanding the shocks experienced in a race car cockpit.
Thanks to its harmonious design, ultra-light materials and a curved case combining resistance and comfort in all circumstances, the RM 07-01 Racing Red will be a constant companion for the three Richard Mille Racing Team drivers, who will wear them while competing as well as in their daily lives.
After earning their spurs on the European scene in 2020, the ambitious trio has no qualms about their readiness for the World Championship.
‘The FIA World Endurance Championship is extremely demanding,’ declares Tatiana Calderón. ‘We are all so grateful to Richard Mille and Signatech for trusting us and allowing us to compete with the best drivers in the world, such as one of my childhood idols, Juan Pablo Montoya. Some teams are particularly strong, but we will give it our all to fight at the front. We have all the potential and the tools to achieve this while continuing to learn step by step.’
‘I’m looking forward to this years FIA WEC programme with a fantastic team, a great car and some very formidable competition’, adds Sophia Flörsch. ‘We want to do our best.`
To ensure the the team is fully equipped to show that the best female talents have nothing to envy the stars of endurance racing from the LMP2 category, the Richard Mille Racing Team will again enjoy the technical support of Signatech. As it happens the French team has enjoyed great success on the famous ‘Toboggan of the Ardennes’, with a win in 2016 and podium finishes in 2018 and 2019.
Thirty-five cars, including 14 entered in the LMP2 category had been present for the debut in Belgium.
Report by richardmille.com